Video: Don’t Try Giving Away Copies Of The Constitution At Modesto Junior College


Some crazy kid named Robert Van Tuinen, a student at Modesto Junior College (MJC) in California’s Central Valley, thought it would be appropriate to commemorate Constitution Day on Sept. 17 by passing out free copies of our Nation’s founding document to fellow students walking around the campus.

It didn’t go so well.

Nice try, kid. Did you think this was a free country? Van Tuinen was shut down by college police, who along with school administrators told him he had to do that sort of thing in the campus free speech zone (because the whole U.S. isn’t a free speech zone), and that he’d already missed his chance, at any rate, because he hadn’t scheduled his plan to use the free speech zone the requisite number of days in advance.

George Lucas went to MJC and based his major directorial debut, American Graffiti, about life in Modesto. Now his JuCo alma mater is giving the U.S. Constitution the graffiti treatment.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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